Jeremy Henry keeps Northern Ireland flag flying

Neil Booth
Neil Booth

Even though Neil Booth was dumped out of the 2014 World Cup singles at the Wiralla Club, there was a distinct Northern Ireland flavour in the final, with big Jeremy Henry lining out against his Australian teammate Tony Wood.

The former Ireland international has been residing Down Under for the last three years, but retains strong links with the Portrush club, particularly his great pal Ian McClure, who was best man at Henry’s wedding last year.

Henry stormed through his section matches, losing only one to Scotland’s Stewart Anderson, but the big Aussie still topped the group, it also earned the local favourite a semi final berth.

And he was guaranteed a silver medal after beating New Zealand’s Shannon McIlroy, winning in straight sets (8-7, 11-1), to set up a clash with Wood in the final.

Henry didn’t disappoint as he racked up a straight sets victory (7-2, 8-7).He got off to a solid start, winning the first four ends by a single shot margin. Wood hit back with two singles before Henry rolled in a two to win the opener.

The second was much tighter. Wood moved into a 4-1 lead, courtesy of a three and a single, but Henry levelled things with three singles before his opponent reeled in a count of three.

A tie-break looked the likely outcome only for Henry to pocket four shots on the last two ends which earned him the title.